After training consistently for a while, it’s near impossible to not recognize the numerous benefits of Jiu Jitsu. It does so much for us physically, mentally, and spiritually that I could go on for hours about how this art has affected my life. Like finding an awesome movie or book that affects you on some deep level, you want to share it with everyone. It’s almost our responsibility to do so.
BUT, that’s not how enlightening moments work. The reason this hypothetical movie or book affected you the way it did had to do more with where you were in your life than how good these things actually were. It’s the same with Jiu Jitsu. We can talk about it until we’re blue in the face, relate it to every topic that comes up, and even demonstrate how effective it really is, but that’s only representative of where we are in our journey.
Our true responsibility lies in helping those that find these facts for themselves. If we have to convince them that this is special then we’ll have to convince them of much more. It’s not our place to “sell” this art. It is our place to honor those that see it for what it is. See you on the mats.
ROY SILVERS (blue)
After an epic trip to California to watch the IBJJF World’s, I had many epiphanies. Obviously it’s inspiring to meet people like Marcelo Garcia, Romulo Barral, Raphael Lovato, and others as well as see guys like Keenan Cornelius, Bruno Malfacine, Leandro Lo, and others compete, but it’s the technical aspect of the tournament that most impressed me. It really made it clear to me that there isn’t some magic technique that separates me from the highest level black belts. Watching the purple belts compete wasn’t that much different than watching the blackbelts, as far as what they knew. Everyone was playing with the same set of tools. The noticeable difference was in the details. The purple belts used all the same moves the black belts did. The difference was in all the small things like grips, position, and timing. This observation was very encouraging to me. It validated that my level of skill wasn’t necessarily because everyone knew moves that I didn’t, but more because they practiced the same things I know...just more.
I took this realization to class with me tonight. I surrendered to the fact that Jiu Jitsu is about what we can create from our tool box. It’s about exploring the same techniques everyone else uses until I can find my own version. My responsibility is to put myself in the correct scenarios that promote this learning process. Basically, to be successful in something as difficult as Jiu Jitsu, we have to be honest. We have to face our worst positions over and over. We have to get tired and then see how we do under pressure. We have to accept vulnerability so that we can grow. The alternative is to settle and become static, which isn’t a viable option. See you on the mats!
- Roy Silvers (Blue)
Jeff Spain Jr
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt